Woman Sprayed, Mugged In Lincoln Park

CHICAGO (STMW) — A 61-year-old woman was sprayed with a disabling substance while her purse was snatched Sunday morning in the Lincoln Park neighborhood.

The assault comes on the heels of four other similar early morning incidents Wednesday and Friday in the nearby Lakeview neighborhood.

The woman was sprayed with some kind of disabling substance about 7 a.m. in the 400 block of West Arlington Place while the suspect grabbed her purse, according to Belmont Area police Sgt. Timothy Kusinski. The woman declined medical treatment.

Her purse was found later nearby but it was missing her wallet, money and IDs, according to the sergeant, who said Sunday afternoon they are investigating if this is the work of the same crew responsible for the four other attacks.

“We don’t know if it’s related to the other ones,’’ Kusinski. “It’s under investigation.’’

Images taken by cameras from nearby businesses and buildings in the area are being obtained, he said.

While police have received “plenty” of phone calls and tips, no one has been arrested in Sunday’s incident or in any of the other four, but police are working hard to solve them, according to the sergeant.

A Community Alert was issued Friday after a 3:32 a.m. attack that day in the 800 block of West Aldine, police said. The robber made away with an iPhone from a 25-year-old man. And just an hour earlier, a 19-year-old woman was robbed of her purse and cell phone in the 600 block of West Buckingham Place.

The robberies began on Wednesday when two other women were robbed. About 1:23 a.m. in the 3500 block of North Pine, a 27-year-old woman was robbed of her purse. At 3:50 a.m. the same morning, a 21-year-old woman was robbed of her purse.

The alert said the two robbers approached the victims as they were walking on the street or entering their homes during the early morning hours, then sprayed the victims in the face with pepper spray or mace.

The victims were knocked to the ground and personal property was forcibly removed before the two robbers fled the scene.

The suspects were described as being males between the ages of 18 and 30, about 175 pounds, and are 5-foot-5 to 6-foot-3 in height. They have dark complexions, black hair and were wearing t-shirts and blue jeans, according to the alert.

Anyone with information is asked to call Belmont Area detectives, (312) 744-8263.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2010. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

  • SallyinChicago

    I just want to say that I read the NYC papers all the time. And they have cameras almost everywhere. Anytime a crime is committed, there’s a surveillance cam that captures the image. And I don’t understand why Chicago is not as wired as NYC is.

    • Mr. Justice

      @ Sally, what good would a camera do? The crime has already taken place, the victim is injured or killed, and the thugs getaway. The picture on street cameras are not that clear. This isn’t like television, it is real life. When it is dark, they are not going to get a good picture from the camera at all. Be Safe Sally.

      • Paul

        Um, cameras are deterrents, Einstein.

      • Mr. Justice

        No, Paul they are not. Just look what is happening in the other areas. A .45 in the middle of the chest is a deterrent. Or are you one of those puking liberals who thinks “we can sit down and talk this out”. Idiot !

  • Tom

    Hi SallyinChicago, I think I can answer your question. It’s probably because Mayor Daley was not offered any kickback by the camera manufacturer. Another explanation is that we were waiting for one of his nephews to learn how to install them so he could get the contract.

  • LaKeisha

    It’s about time someone made this point. I also agree, all stories should include the race of the offender. It’s alot easier to profile, if you know what to look for.

  • Ishotu42

    These recent attacks are sickening and uncalled for and these flash mobs or whatever want us to live in fear. They are a product of poor upbringing negative role models, and believe it’s our fault they turned to a life of crime.

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  • Al Sharpton

    The suspects had “dark complexions” and “dark hair”. My guess is that the muggers were from India. Everybody knows that the only race with dark complexions that are known to be violent and act like animals are Indians, right? I hope people who are reading this remember the preferential treatment that blacks get the next time they vote for a Democrat. Blacks keeps Democrats in power, who in turn let them run around like animals, destroying everything they touch. Democrats enable the violent behavior that is prevalent in the majority of the black community. And it’s Democrats who don’t want the law-abiding citizens of Chicago to own guns so that they can protect themselves. I can’t wait for the first simple-minded liberal who reads this to call me a racist rather than rebut anything I’ve said.

    • anonymous

      @Al while I agree with you that political correct bs has become too extreme to where police cant even do their jobs- I disagree with you that Blacks keep Democrats in Power. George Bush and his war for oil has done that this time around, and the R’s lack of respect for its own auto companies and allowing jobs to be offshored and more contract work to come forth that sheds benefits of people to where socialize healthcare has become a necessity even for whites.

      Please think before you speak- there are plenty of non gun toting democrats. War is a business and usually funded by Republican dollars. Always has been- always will be.


        Don’t blame George Bush for your pathetic, weak, way of life. The Dems have been in power long enough to run this country into the ground. Hopefully Americans will wake up on election day and throw them all out of office. Lamebrains!

    • Lyndia

      Now you know what many black professionals have to endure. Additionally whites commit crime too.

  • Mike Litoris

    “The suspects were described as being males between the ages of 18 and 30, about 175 pounds, and are 5-foot-5 to 6-foot-3 in height. They have dark complexions, black hair and were wearing t-shirts and blue jeans, according to the alert.”

    “Dark complexions”? As in AFRICAN-AMERICANS? How the F@CK do Chicago police ever hope to catch criminals when it’s become too POLITICALLY CORRECT to even DESCRIBE them accurately?

  • fred

    quick – make pepper spray illegal… that will work…

  • Mohammed Bin

    I am waiting for the day when you have to contact your attorney in India, because his job was export and now you need him or her because you lost your upper management job to someone, again in India, and you stuck up someone to get a new Ipod

  • Dennis

    “dark complexions” and hair? Is this like the old Johnny Carson bit–are we supposed to reply in unison “how dark were they?”

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